Whereas Resolution 35 of the Lambeth Conference 1968 "requests every national and regional Church or Province to give careful study to the question of the ordination of women to the priesthood and to report its findings to the Lambeth Consultative Council (or Lambeth Consultative Body) which will make them available to the Anglican Communion."
Be it resolved
That this General Synod respectfully request the Primate to initiate, through a task force or commission, a study of the question of the ordination of women to the priesthood, for report to the next session of General Synod.
This was in substitution of Resolution 1, page 264. The motion was CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod, having received the Resolution and request of the Archives Committee, approves the appointment of a full-time Archivist-Historian and authorizes the National Executive Council to make the appointment as soon as the necessary financial arrangements are made and a suitably qualified person is found for the position. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this Twenty-Third Session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada expresses its thanks to Anglicans in all parts of Canada for generous support of the Bible Society, and earnestly requests all Anglican people in our country,
1. To read the Holy Scriptures more frequently, both in personal and family devotions.
2. To support the work of the Bible Society more effectively by joining existing branches of the Bible Society, or by assisting in the organizing of new Parish or Community branches where needed.
3. To greatly increase their support of the Bible Society in 1967, in 1968, and in future years because of the growing literacy, and because of the great need for God's love and for God's peace in the world at this time. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod, recognizing the valuable contribution made to the whole Church by the Budget Committee, records its deep appreciation to the Rt. Rev. W.H.H. Crump, Bishop of Saskatchewan, for his dedicated and competent leadership as Chairman of the Budget Committee, and extends its thanks to him. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Primate expressed appreciation for the services of those who have served on the various Boards and Departments of General Synod.
That this General Synod, deeply appreciating the work of the Canadian Sunday School Caravan Mission, extends to Dr. F.H.E. Hasell and Miss Iris Sayle our sincere gratitude, asking them to convey to the Van and Sunday School by Post workers our thanks for their help in the outreach of the Church. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Archbishop said discussion had centred on the report in the Convening Circular of General Synod, particularly on the procedures suggested by the Task Force on effecting union with other Churches. Voting membership was a matter given much consideration as, in many dioceses, this is decided by diocesan Canon. There was also concern for the theology underlying Church membership as defined by the Task Force.
This House of Bishops recommends to the Upper House that it informs the Task Force of the Committee on Organization that we would appreciate their favourable consideration of the withdrawal of Section 8-e of their Report, as it involves a theology of Church membership and, in our opinion, is not essential to the report at present, and is also related to the Canons of individual dioceses. CARRIED
There was further discussion about the presentation of the final draft of the Plan of Union; the problem of obtaining a consensus from the total membership of the Church and the time necessary for canonical action through General Synod. The Archbishop of New Westminster had drafted a resolution which was replaced by the following:-
That the resolution drafted by the Archbishop of New Westminster and Bishop Somerville re date of the presentation of the final draft of the Plan of Union be revised by the Bishop of Cariboo and Archbishop Gower for presentation to the Upper House. CARRIED
That the three substantive resolutions (p.225 of the Convening Circular), appended to the report of the Committee on Christian Unity and the Church Universal (pp.219-225 of the Convening Circular), be withdrawn, and the following resolutions substituted. CARRIED in both Houses.
That General Synod, having received the recommendations in the final paragraph on Page 220 of the Convening Circular including the request for ratification and confirmation by General Synod (referred to at the top of page 221), and noting the action taken on the recommendation by National Executive Council, and concurred in by the Plenary Committee, hereby approves the action taken in setting up the General Commission. CARRIED in both Houses nem con.